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11. Actually, the Brittish never stated that the country in question
was Niger in their dossier. And they're being cagey about their sources -- it seems they got their intelligence from a fellow EU member who didn't want it shared with US. Because UK is primarily loyal to itself and then the EU, the UK isn't betraying the source. Although the UK hasn't discounted Niger as the country in question, they haven't exactly been precise in saying to which country they were referring in the dossier.

Bush decided to say the country was Niger, contrary to intelligence he was given from US sources, and without any confirmation from the (because UK was and is refusing to share its intelligence with US).

Blair is saying overall UK intelligence is still good, and they have sources other than the forged document for Niger (but, again, they haven't said that the alternative sources were in relation to Niger).

I think the least damaging (for Bush) outcome of this is that it turns out that some African nation was approached by Hussien in the 90s, and it may even be Niger, but that Bush jumped the gun on the intelligence in order to insert an alarming statment in the SOTU. My spider sense tells me that this Niger/Africa story isn't total bullshit.
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